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squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue

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I am interested to know about post operation recovery after this surgery ( squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue). My dad went through this surgery and still feel some burining sensation in his tongue which was reconstructed through plastic surgery. He is still having diffcult swallowing food. Food seems to stick in the food pipe and need liquid to push it down.

The surgery was 7hrs 15 min. Ipsilateral neck dissection (MND type II 0 was done. Posteriorly based lesion abutting the BOT and tonsilo-lingual sulcus Mucosal cuts were taken intraorally. The postirior part of the tumor delivered via pull through approach through the communication in the FOM. keeping adequate soft tissue margins. tracheostomy was done and plastic reconstruction was done to close the defect in floor of mouth with PMMC.

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I expect the difficulty to continue for at least 2 years...I am 1 1/2 years out from Radical neck dissection for the same type cancer of the tongue but I needed a feeding tube. If he doesn't need/use a feeding tube
he's way better off than I was and should heal faster

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Thank you for your respond. I wish you all the best on your recovery process. He doesnot need a feeding tube. Because of lack of saliva production, he has difficult swallowing food. It has been two years since his operation. He is struggling to gain weight. Food seems to stick on his upper jaw and food pipe. His tongue was reconstructed through plastic surgery. He is also feeling tickling sensation at the tip of his tongue. If you have expereinced any of above, please feel free to share with us.

With Best regards.

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